If the government slip through its latest costs hike increases for Magistrates and Crown Courts then a commercial decision will need to be made when deciding whether to plead guilty or not or to contest a court summons. Clients are more likely to please to an offence of speeding for instance when they add up the cost of a fixed penalty against the costs of putting the matter before a court for the Judge or Magistrates to decide on guilt rather than the police. However defendants will lose either way as the costs for pleading guilty as well as not guilty are all due to increase.
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